ASPCA Celebrates Special 'Kittergarten' Graduation

Kittens celebrate their graduation from the ASPCA Kitten Nursery, the first high-volume facility in New York City dedicated to the care of this vulnerable population. Today, the ASPCA held a 'Kittergarten' Graduation ceremony, celebrating the last group of kittens graduating from the ASPCA Kitten Nursery. These kittens will now join the nearly 300 kittens who passed through the program during its first year of operation. These kittens – many of whom came in as neonates and were in jeopardy from the moment they were born – received extensive, 'round the clock care from a dedicated team, and will be now head to the ASPCA Adoption Center where they will be available for adoption. Similar to traditional graduation ceremonies, the event included an inspiring speech from Gail Buchwald, senior vice president of the ASPCA Adoption Center, a procession of the “graduates” receiving their “diplomas” while sitting in graduation caps, and plenty of congratulatory chin scratches and cuddles. The ASPCA’s kitten nursery began operations in the summer of 2014, serving both nursing cats with litters and orphaned kittens that were taken in on a daily basis by Animal Care & Control throughout the five boroughs. The nursery was designed to contain over 200 adjustable cages, each with the ability to accommodate a combination of orphaned kittens or a litter and nursing mother. Kittens received around-the-clock, life-saving care from more than 60 specially-trained ASPCA staff and volunteers until they were old enough to be micro-chipped, vaccinated and spayed/neutered. At eight weeks of age, they are ready to be made available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. To view more cute photos and video of the kitty grads (courtesy of the ASPCA), go to Congratulations to the kitty grads and everyone who helped them make it this far. Wish these kitties happy lives with great, loving families. Hope many more kitties get to graduate in the future. Thanks to the ASPCA for this important work. Please continue. source: ASPCA


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